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Office of the Provost

Senior Leadership Team

These senior administrators oversee the day-to-day and strategic operations of the Office of the Provost. Here, you'll find key information about the individuals who play pivotal roles in shaping our institution's academic vision and strategy. Meet the dedicated professionals who lead our academic initiatives and collaborate to ensure the success of our students, faculty and the overall educational mission. Explore their backgrounds, responsibilities and contributions to our university's leadership and academic excellence.

Meet the Senior Leadership Team

Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean is an award-winning scholar, educator and author. Her scholarship centers the importance of identity in shaping access to democracy with a particular emphasis on voting rights, civic engagement and punishment. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University (2003) and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from The University of Virginia (1998). She is Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University. In 2021 she was recognized as a Spotlight Recipient by the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame.

Brown-Dean is a highly sought-after political analyst and commentator whose work appears in over 400 major media outlets. She hosts the radio show and podcast, Disrupted, for Connecticut Public Radio and is featured in the documentaries, “The Color of Justice” and “Extinction.” Diverse Magazine named her one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Higher Education. You can learn more about her work at kbdphd.com.

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Khalilah Brown-Dean
Khalilah Brown-Dean

Terri began her career at Quinnipiac within Student Affairs and served for over a decade as a clinical therapist in the Health and Wellness Center. As a part-time faculty member, she has instructed campus-based classes as well as numerous faculty-led sections with a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability and service learning to Costa Rica, the Ecuadorian Amazon, and the Galapagos Islands. Her move to academic affairs was in the role of director of academic affairs, which encompassed working closely with the provost to plan and implement major initiatives and oversee diverse administrative duties for the division. Her portfolio has included serving as the Title IX deputy for faculty before serving as the University Title IX coordinator, serving on the Senate Policies Committee, chairing the Sabbatical Leave Committee, overseeing the Review, Promotion and Tenure process, serving on the commencement committee, and overseeing the academic catalog and its transition to an online resource.

In her current role as Associate VP of Student Personal and Professional Development, she oversees the Office of Career Development and Experiential Learning, and focuses on bolstering university-wide collaboration with the goal of providing the holistic delivery of key functions and developmental opportunities that support students in their journey towards rewarding lives and careers.

Terri holds her bachelor’s degree in finance from Lehigh University and her master’s and CT State License as LMFT in therapy. She is certified from the Teachers College, Columbia University in nutritional counseling, in Jungian psychology from the Ireland Jung Center, in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction from Yale, and in Mindfulness Counseling from Copper Beech Institute. Prior to joining Quinnipiac University, Terri worked as a financial analyst in Budapest for General Electric and as a project manager of strategic planning at Meridian Bancorp.

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Terri Johnson
Terri Johnson

Adam Nemeroff oversees the Office of Learning Design and Technology at Quinnipiac University, leading a dedicated team of learning designers, technologists and media producers. With over a decade of experience in higher education learning technology, learning design, online learning, and faculty development, Adam has held significant roles at both Dartmouth College and the University of Connecticut. Adding to his diverse professional background, Adam also has hands-on experience teaching courses online. He earned his MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Connecticut and holds a BA in History and a BS in Secondary History and Social Studies Education. Committed to promoting accessible and inclusive education, Adam is deeply interested in understanding how AI and emerging technologies can reshape and enhance learning experiences for future-ready college students.

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Headshot of Adam Nemeroff
Headshot of Adam Nemeroff

Alison Witherspoon serves as Director of Lifelong Learning, providing leadership and direction to advance Quinnipiac’s efforts to develop and deliver flexible and effective learning solutions to a wide range of non-traditional learners through programs focused on executive education, professional workforce development, industry certifications and pre-college youth experiences. Alison has served as a higher education leader for the past 20 years, including experience in strategic program planning, online learning, institutional research, accreditation and academic policy development. She has a track record of partnering with faculty and administration to advance enrollment and other growth initiatives. Alison’s research centers on learning, innovation, leadership and team processes. Alison holds a EdD in Leadership and Innovation from Arizona State University, a Master’s in Public Service Management from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Southern Illinois University.

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Alison Witherspoon
Alison Witherspoon

Annalisa Zinn has served as the Vice President for academic innovation and effectiveness since July 2015. In this role, she provides leadership to academic and strategic planning initiatives as well as guidance on academic policy matters. Over the course of her 10+ years in the Office of the Provost, she has overseen many of the divisions of academic affairs. Zinn also serves as the accreditation liaison officer with the New England Commission of Higher Education and the Connecticut Office of Higher Education.

Zinn earned a PhD in political science and a bachelor’s degree in ethics, politics and economics from Yale University. She also earned an MBA from Quinnipiac. Her areas of teaching and scholarship include international human rights, ethics of war and peace, public policy and international relations.

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Annalisa Zinn
Annalisa Zinn

Meet the Academic Deans

Terry Bloom earned her bachelor of science in communication from the University of Miami, her master of mass communication from Arizona State University, and her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She began her teaching career at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida in 2003. She became an assistant professor at the University of Miami in 2004 and was promoted to associate professor in 2010. She served as program director for the electronic media, media management and broadcast journalism programs as well as chair of the department of journalism and media management at the University of Miami.

She joined Quinnipiac as associate dean in 2014, and was promoted to senior associate dean in 2023. She also served as the program director for the 3+1 accelerated dual degree program where outstanding high school students are invited to complete both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 4 years, and Quinnipiac Academy, where high school students can earn college credit for courses taken while in high school.

Bloom has published articles in publications such as the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, the International Journal on Media Management, and Mass Communication and Society. She formerly served on the Board of Governors for the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences, SunCoast Region and as the Vice President for Alumni and Professional Development for the National Broadcasting Society/Alpha Epsilon Rho. Prior to her move into academia, Bloom spent a dozen years in television operations and production and as a director for news, sports and live events at WWLP in Springfield, MA; KPNX in Phoenix, AZ; WVIT in Hartford, CT; and WNCN in Raleigh, NC.

Terry  Bloom
Terry  Bloom

Dr. Phillip Boiselle earned his bachelor of arts in chemistry and communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MD from the Duke University School of Medicine, followed by residency training at Yale University and a thoracic imaging fellowship from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Boiselle served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School from 1999 to 2016, during which time he held a variety of clinical and educational leadership roles while also serving as an NIH-funded researcher. He also was a professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and served as its associate dean for academic and clinical affairs from 2012-16. In this role, he provided strategic oversight of the school’s educational and research centers and the implementation of a broad array of faculty development and diversity initiatives.

As dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University from 2017-21, Boiselle enhanced the diversity of its medical student and graduate student populations, expanded graduate medical education programs, established FAU Medicine®, the college’s first faculty clinical practice plan, and launched the Marcus Institute for Integrative Health at FAU Medicine®. He was named dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine in 2021.

Boiselle is recognized as an international expert in the field of thoracic imaging. His scholarship includes more than 250 research articles, review articles, editorials, book chapters and books. He served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Thoracic Imaging from 2009-18.

Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine

Phil Boiselle
Phil Boiselle

Jennifer Gerarda Brown earned her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College in 1982 and her juris doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1985.

Brown has taught at some of the most prestigious law schools in the country, including Yale, Harvard, Georgetown, Emory and the University of Illinois. She joined the Quinnipiac School of Law faculty in 1994 and became a full professor in 1996. In 1997, she was named director of Quinnipiac’s Center on Dispute Resolution. She served in that capacity until 2013, when she became dean of the law school. She served as interim executive vice president and provost of Quinnipiac University during the 2019-20 academic year.

Brown is co-author of the book, “Straightforward: How to Mobilize Heterosexual Support for Gay Rights.” She has contributed to numerous publications on the topics of marriage equality and the theory and practice of negotiation. She previously served as secretary on the board of directors for Freedom to Marry, a former national bipartisan nonprofit dedicated to winning marriage rights for same-gender couples in the United States.

She currently serves on the board of trustees for Connecticut Public Broadcasting Inc. and the board of trustees for Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, Connecticut. In 2020 she was elected to membership in the American Law Institute.

School of Law

Jennifer Brown
Jennifer Brown

Janelle Chiasera earned her BS in medical technology from Bowling Green State University and her MS in allied medical professions and PhD in quantitative research, evaluation and measurement (education policy and leadership) from The Ohio State University.

Chiasera has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in higher education. After more than 20 years as a medical technologist and educator, she joined Quinnipiac as dean of the School of Health Sciences in September 2019. She previously served as director of the clinical laboratory science program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 2006-09, as chair of UAB’s department of clinical and diagnostic sciences from 2010-12 and as senior executive associate dean for UAB’s School of Health Professions from 2017-19.

Chiasera is a regional director for the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS), and previously served on the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP) of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NASCLS). She has presented and published extensively on the subjects of clinical chemistry and leadership, receiving many commendations for her teaching and scholarship.

School of Health Sciences

Janelle Chiasera
Janelle Chiasera

Anne Dichele earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Northeastern University, her master of education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her PhD from the University of Connecticut.

Dichele has worked as a public school reading clinician and instructional consultant, taught at the University of Bridgeport, Fairfield University and the University of New Haven, and served as director of academic development at Albertus Magnus College. She joined the Quinnipiac faculty in 1999 and was named director of the Master of Arts in Teaching program for elementary education in 2000. In 2013, Dichele was named full director of the MAT program, overseeing all aspects of the elementary and secondary education program. She was appointed interim dean of the School of Education in 2016 and then dean in 2017.

Dichele is the founder of Side By Side Charter School, one of Connecticut's first state-funded charter schools, where she serves as chairperson of the board of directors. Her scholarship has appeared in numerous journals and publications. Her first book of original poetry, “Ankle Deep and Drowning,” was published in 2015.

School of Education

Anne Dichele
Anne Dichele

Taskin Kocak earned his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Duke University.

Kocak previously served as dean of the Dr. Robert A. Savoie College of Engineering and a professor in computer and electrical engineering at the University of New Orleans. Prior to his time at the University of New Orleans, Taskin was a professor, department chair and dean of the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey. He has previously worked at Duke, the University of Bristol in England, and the University of Central Florida. Before entering higher education, he worked as a design engineer at Mitsubishi Electronic America’s Semiconductor Division in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.

His broad research interests and expertise span the areas of machine learning, computer networks and high-performance computing. He has over 130 peer-reviewed publications, including 46 journal papers. He served as an associate editor for the Computer Journal published by Oxford University Press as well as the sole guest editor for a special issue of this journal. He also served as the lead guest editor for a special issue of the Association for Computing Machinery Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems.

School of Computing and Engineering

Dean of the School of Computing and Engineering, Taskin Kocak
Dean of the School of Computing and Engineering, Taskin Kocak

Holly J. Raider became the dean of the Quinnipiac School of Business on July 1, 2021. Dean Raider is an expert in strategy, leadership change, business transitions and stakeholder engagement in high-stakes, turn-around situations.

At Quinnipiac, Dean Raider is leading the pathway to distinction in holistic business education that prepares learners for meaningful careers and lives in dynamic, interdependent global environments through excellence in teaching, research, and real-world experiential learning. Dean Raider is leading the School of Business in planning a state-of-the-art new building, launching new and innovative programs such as Fintech and Sport and Entertainment Management, leading the capital campaign for the school, expanding the faculty and developing strategic capabilities, including executive education, business alumni engagement and research centers. She serves on the executive committee of the partnership between Quinnipiac and Hartford HealthCare.

An award-winning educator, Dean Raider has spearheaded educational innovation and advanced the access, quality and impact of business education in a career spanning several distinguished business schools, including the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. Dean Raider has more than 25 years of experience as an educator and leader of collaborative global partnerships with corporations, government, healthcare systems, professional sports organizations and international universities.

Dean Raider is a member of the AACSB Business Practices Council.

Before joining Quinnipiac, Dean Raider was Clinical Professor of Management at the Kellogg School of Management, where she served as a managing director of executive education from 2014-21 and as associate dean of academic and faculty initiatives from 2016-18. She led the collaborative implementation of Kellogg’s first fully online, non-degree programs, spearheaded faculty development, created Kellogg’s Advanced Management Program and created SPARK, an innovative teaching incubator that brought together experts from wide-ranging fields. She oversaw both Kellogg's AACSB accreditation review and Kellogg's participation in Northwestern's 10-year program review.

Dean Raider earned her BA from Barnard College and her PhD in sociology from Columbia University. Her research includes the areas of career development, networks and knowledge transfer. Her current work focuses on preparing young professionals for the workplace of the future. Dean Raider’s article, "How to Strengthen Your Network When You are Just Starting Out," was recently featured in HBR’s special issue on the New Rules of Networking. Dean Raider was honored with a teaching award from Northwestern’s Business Institutions Program and with a Northwestern Wildcat Excellence Award.

Holly Raider
Holly Raider

Adam David Roth’s expertise spans rhetorical theory and criticism, persuasion and society, communication studies, and rhetoric of science. He has earned several prestigious honors, including the Douglas Ehninger Award for Teaching. His research on the central role of rhetoric in the evolution of Western medicine has been well received in the United States, Greece, Cyprus, Russia and China.

Throughout his career, Roth has developed and launched numerous interdisciplinary programs and collaborative strategic initiatives, beginning as director of the Communication Across the Curriculum program in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh from 2006-07. From 2007-21, he held a range of administrative positions at the University of Rhode Island, including communication course director for the general education program from 2007-14, interim director and director of the Harrington School of Communication and Media from 2014-20, and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2017-20. Roth was named Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Quinnipiac in 2021.

Roth graduated from the University of Pittsburgh’s business dual-major program with a bachelor’s degree in communication and rhetoric, and business administration. He pursued his graduate studies at the University of Iowa, where he earned his master’s degree and PhD in communication studies and rhetoric, and a graduate certificate in interdisciplinary inquiry. He also completed the management development program at Harvard University’s Institutes for Higher Education.

College of Arts and Sciences

Adam Roth
Adam Roth

Larry Slater earned his bachelor’s degree and PhD in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, where he completed his post-doctoral training examining social support, health and quality of life in older adults living with HIV/AIDS. He also earned a master’s degree from the Collat School of Business at Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing.
He has extensive expertise in the design and implementation of active, learner-driven strategies in nursing education; curriculum development, improvement and assessment with a focus on technology-enhanced education; program outcomes assessment and accreditation; and faculty/staff governance in academia.

Prior to Quinnipiac, Slater served as associate dean for academic programs and a clinical professor at the University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing. He also served as interim dean from 2021-22.

Slater is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the New York Academy of Medicine. He is a certified nurse educator through the National League for Nursing and a board-certified registered gerontological nurse through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Larry Z. Slater
Larry Z. Slater

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